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Risk Assessments and Method Statements
(This section is intended to give general guidance to Contractors regarding appropriate controls for assessing and documenting the risks associated
with construction task).
Perhaps it is appropriate under this section to note that the undertaking of Risk Assessments and compilation of Method Statements (where appropriate) is the LEGAL DUTY OF ALL CONTRACTORS as it is for  designers under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations
1994. Such Assessments are necessary to appraise hazards and their associated risks in order that these risks may be either minimised or controlled.

The responsibilities and obligations of Contractors are primarily laid down in the following Regulations:
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1992

Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996 - (CHSW Regulations 1996)

Manual Handling Operations 1992

Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
Examples of a typical Risk Assessment and supporting Method Statement are given on pages 76 and 77. These are presented to illustrate the difference between a Contractors Standard Health and Safety Policy which should include provision for all 'Standard' risks - as documented in the Contractors General Risk Assessment (which may simply be an amended sheet from the Company Health and Safety Policy Manual) and PPE/Manual Handling Risk Assessments and/or detailed Method Statements which are custom written to deal with
specific, non-standard or particularly risky aspects of work.